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“Great little neighborhood hotel...”
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The Willows
Ranked #70 of 187 Hotels in Chicago
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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21 reviews
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“Great little neighborhood hotel...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Willows Thursday-Saturday while visiting our daughter who lives in the neighborhood. Older small Euro style hotel. Cozy little lobby with a fireplace and front desk with a friendly and helpful staff that knows the hospitality business as well as the neighborhood. Very reasonably priced. We paid $595.19 for three nights, including parking, all taxes, and several things from the well stocked and VERY reasonably priced mini-fridge and snack tray. Clean, comfortable, and very well kept, even if a little frayed around the edges. Will definitely stay there again. We loved the neighborhood, but don't believe the "couple blocks walk to the lake," it's much farther than that. But there are numerous eating and drinking establishments within a block or two on Broadway, Clark, and Diversey, as well as small shops, theaters, etc.
I'd sure like to find a place just like this in Boston.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2011

I don't have anything negative to say about my stay. My partner and I stayed for one night in their super tiny budget room and it was so cute. It was small, but we don't need much (I did peek in to the other rooms on way to check out and they were much bigger). Such a cute and quaint hotel with a very nice staff. We liked the location too. I would recommend it.

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Newton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2011

Our family stayed at the Willows for two nights. The staff was amazingly friendly and helpful. The location is great - close to shops and restaurants in the Lincoln Park section of Chicago. Our room had a nice shower and the bathroom mirror which accommodated three females dealing with hair and make-up in the morning - nice bonus. The radiator in the room seemed antiquated but we turned it off and did not require using it during our stay.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Duxbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2011

Just finished staying at the Willows Hotel in Chicago. Although our room was small, it was very comfortable, and the staff went out of their way to help in any way they could. Very friendly, and they were very helpful in arranging transportation and advice on local restaurants and directions. Great location in Lincoln Park, easy walking to some great restaurants and to a couple El stops when we wanted to go down to the Loop. Highly recommended if you're looking for a small quality hotel on the North Side.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2011

Got a very good deal and was upgraded to a room with a bigger bed. Location perfect for our requirements and close to large range of restaurants, bars, shops etc. Find that down town becomes quite dead after workers leave and Lakeview comes more alive.
Hotel was clean and comfortable with wi-fi and complimentary breakfast which is more than adequate to start the day. Could do with some redecorating but for the price, location, atmosphere, staff, rating - couldn't complain.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2010

We enjoyed our stay at The Willows! Thier pillows are delightful. Clean and very confortable. Pretty too!

  • Stayed November 2010
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Berwyn, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2010

Stayed here just last week for one night as my brother was having surgery at a near by hosp. Staff were very nice ,made sure I got in safe as I had a late night return from the hosp and had to be buzzed in. My room was small, but suited my purpose. Even though the hotel had no record of bedbugs I did my own check and the sheets and bed were immaculate! I slept very comfortably all night. The continental breakfast was great- just need some portable trays on tables to eat on. Would stay here again . I have stayed at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York in1980 and the Willows was cleaner,much quieter and better maintained- like being back in an "old charming days" hotel!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled on business
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Property: The Willows
Address: 555 West Surf Ave, Chicago, IL 60657-6020
Region: United States > Illinois > Chicago > Lakeview
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Chicago
#37 Romantic Hotel in Chicago
#59 Family Hotel in Chicago
#67 Business Hotel in Chicago
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Willows 3*
Number of rooms: 55
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